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Why the cost of real estate in the crowded, slum-packed city of Dhaka rivals Manhattan

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Grimy, slum-packed and astonishingly crowded, Bangladesh's capital rarely comes out on top in comparisons with global cities like New York or London. Except, it seems, when it comes to real estate. Along Gulshan Avenue in the city's central business district, the price of an acre of land is equivalent to $75 million, said Ahsan Mansur, a housing analyst at the Policy Research Institute. That's approximately $1,700 per square foot. By comparison, land in Manhattan averaged $400 per square foot in the first half of last year, according to New York brokerage firms.

Victims of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza factory disaster get first compensation

The tragedy highlighted appalling safety conditions in the world's second-largest garment industry.

BRICS are so last season. Here are 10 other emerging economies to watch

The 10 nations to watch were chosen because they have good production prospects and the financing to support expansion.

China's 'two sessions' 2014: Deepening reforms high on the agenda

Hotly-discussed topics included environmental issues, social security, income distribution, the fight against corruption, property issues, medical reform, inflation, commodity prices, and food and drug safety
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The second annual session of China's 12th NPC closed in Beijing Thursday morning. (Zhenyu Li/People's Daily Online/Courtesy)
BEIJING, China — The National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), known as the "two sessions", two of China's most important annual political conventions, concluded Thursday in Beijing, with deepening reforms high on the agenda.

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories reveal overloaded ceilings, locked fire escapes

More than 150 clothing brands and retailers, including Adidas, Benetton and H&M, have joined the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which announced results of 10 initial inspections.

One man’s quest to train India’s many quack doctors

PHOOLBERIA, India — Squatting on their haunches among fruit trees and orange marigolds, barefoot villagers wait in the morning chill to see Dr. Pijus Sarkar, the only full-time physician in this remote part of West Bengal. But Sarkar, who until ten years ago ran a prestigious medical school in Kolkata, hasn’t come here just to help a few thousand of his country’s needy masses. His vision is grander, and it has turned most of the medical establishment against him. He wants to train the “quack” doctors and inject them back into the nation’s ailing health care system with a newfound legitimacy.

In India, chances are the doctor is a quack (VIDEO)

NEW DELHI — Kaamini Solanki woke up feeling ill. Her husband felt her forehead, which was so hot they decided to see her gynecologist right away. Kaamini, a pretty, plump-faced schoolteacher from Delhi, was two months pregnant. The couple wasn’t going to take any chances. The gynecologist referred them to a hospital. Around 8 p.m. she started to cry, saying she was in pain and complaining about the hospital’s physician. A few hours later, she was dead.

Bangladesh factory owners surrender after being charged for deaths of 112 garment workers

The case is the first of its kind against an owner in Bangladesh's powerful garment industry, which has huge influence in the country's affairs from politics to sports.

Indian hustle: How fraudsters prey on would-be US tech workers

NEW DELHI, India ­— It’s a simple equation: India has millions of tech geeks who would love to work in the US. But they need visas. And the US issues just 65,000 of these per year, under its so-called H-1B program for high-skilled workers. For freelance techies, the temptation is overwhelming. And that, naturally, has opened up a world of opportunity for fraudsters.

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as PM in crisis-hit Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh's prime minister on Sunday after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis. President Abdul Hamid led the oath at the presidential palace in the capital Dhaka in a ceremony broadcast live on television channels, one week after the polls which were condemned by the opposition as a farce.
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